For every bag of dog poo Taiwan residents hand in to officials, they are given a lottery ticket which could win them a gold ingot worth $2,200 (£1,400).

So far, more than 4,000 people have collected 14,500 bags of canine excrement.

The scheme was due to end in October, but has been extended due to its success. However Taiwan officials are hoping the habit will stick and residents will continue picking up poo after the gold bars run out.

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Equally noble, but slightly less enticing is Keep Britain Tidy’s latest dog poo campaign, which warns lazy pooch owners that the ‘dog poo fairy’ does not exist.

According to the organisation, 70% of the UK’s  local authorities have some sort of problem with dog mess.

Dog Poo Fairy posters will be displayed on bus stops, billboards and phone boxes and will highlights the case of a toddler, Aimee, who fell  in dog poo and lost partial sight in her eye after suffering toxocariasis.